In 2014-2015, our 19th grant cycle, FAN funded 20 programs that enhanced the cultural life of our community. Our thanks goes to Michaela Segall, grants manager, for her work for FAN and for compiling this roundup of FAN Grant Award Highlights:
One of the highlights of the season was Teatro Avante’s International Hispanic Theatre Festival, for which its director, Mario Ernesto Sanchez, received the 2014 Legacy Award, bestowed on individuals whose commitment to Latino Theater in the U.S. has a lasting effect upon the field.
At Locust Projects, we funded a multimedia experiment created by Sarah Crowner, who staged a theatrical piece inspired by Jean Cocteau’s and Jean Dubuffet’s fascination with art for children. It was an honor that FAN could support such “pure exuberance of making art” (Miami Art Zine).
Festival Miami at UM is a feature of our fall calendar. FAN members expressed their appreciation of the month-long event, and particularly of the Gershwin program that many attended as a Cultural Camaraderie. Other highlights were Third Trinity, a solo play at Miami Light Project, written and acted by Teo Castellanos, and directed by Miami’s own Tarell Alvin McCraney, a Genius Fellowship Award winner and former student of Castellanos; The Gift Horse, produced by M Ensemble, an organization classified as an “Emerging Cultural Institution” by the Miami- Dade County Cultural Affairs Council; and GableStage’s stellar season, including McCraney’s Choir Boy, an “exhilarating, multi-layered new play,” according to The Guardian (UK).
There were also many outstanding works in the classical tradition, such as La Bohème at Miami Lyric Opera, Madama Butterfly at the Florida Grand Opera, The Rite of Spring at Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, and Richard Alston’s Carmen at Miami City Ballet. MCB now owns the rights, sets and costumes in perpetuity, and FAN’s support will be recognized with each future performance.
In visual arts, FAN contributed to a wide range of programs that exposed our public to amazing art from across the world all the way home. At the Lowe Art Museum, visitors were treated to the moving display of “Weavers’ Stories from Island Southeast Asia,” which, according to the museum, brought “entirely new audiences to the Lowe… including artists and artisans, weavers, and collectors of this class of objects.”
At the Frost Art Museum at FIU, we were exposed to the changes occurring in contemporary China through the works of Wang Qingsong, considered one of China’s most innovative contemporary artists. The Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC) brought us home with “The Reunion,” an exhibit that recognized 21 past and present BAC residents who passed through their doors, to celebrate 30 years of service to the visual arts community of Dade County.
This brings us to PAMM, where we encountered the art of Adler Guerrier, an artist born in Haiti whose work is clearly grounded in Miami, the city where he lives and works. The exhibit was selected as “Critic’s Pick” by Art Forum.
Entire seasons of brilliant classical music were presented by the Chopin Foundation, Cleveland Orchestra, Murray Dranoff Foundation, Seraphic Fire and Friends of Chamber Music. With FAN’s support, the New World Symphony commissioned “El Sol Caliente” to celebrate Miami Beach’s centennial. This happening was attended by 947 spectators indoors and 1,500 outdoors at the Wallcast.
There was an abundance of quality cultural fare to choose from this past season, and we, at FAN, have done our part to enrich our lives and the lives of our friends, our neighbors and our guests.